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How to rescue your business from the Windows 7 EOL

Every product has a life cycle. For example, the software product life cycle starts with initial development, goes to general availability, and ends with a final stage where product support ends and the software is retired. This retirement or "end of life" (EOL) is the point where the software developer can no longer bear the increasing costs for ...

How to spot FAKE virus alerts in Windows (and how to get past them)

Virus alert from Microsoft, blares from the pop-up window in your web browser. All you did was place an innocuous search for an item or some other research on your work computer. But now your screen is full of warnings such as: "A harmful virus has been detected on your computer" or some other such "suspicious activity." According to everything yo...

Enterprise Mobility & Security = Peace of mind for your business

Many IT departments large and small increasingly must support a more diverse and geographically-dispersed workforce that works using any device. This presents a new challenge for both the small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) and the large enterprises with traditional IT departments. How can you keep your employees' devices secure on the corporate netwo...

Drop Dropbox to optimize online business collaboration

Some new Office 365 customers have asked us for advice on ditching their old consumer Dropbox accounts and using OneDrive For Business as an integrated enterprise-grade shared file collaboration solution for their company. While we have blogged in the past about typical OneDrive For Business and SharePoint Online storage usage scenarios, this is an ex...

The killer feature in Microsoft Teams your business should be using

An Amaxra consultant relayed an interesting customer insight recently when an Office 365 customer requested information on Microsoft Teams. "Maybe this is because I'm Generation X," the customer confessed to our consultant. "But I really don't 'get' Microsoft Teams. I just know all of the Millennials keep trying to use Slack on our network, so I n...

Microsoft Office 2019 is here, but Office 365 is the best choice for your business

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of the new Microsoft Office 2019 productivity suite. The latest in a long line of releases, Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase of on-premise only software. This is the very technical way of saying you pay an upfront cost to get locally-installed versions of the major Micros...

3 easy steps to get real-time online data into your Excel spreadsheets

Microsoft has always used data types in Excel such as text, number, et cetera to help you build complex data models in spreadsheets. But one of the key benefits of having the cloud-powered version of Excel in Microsoft Office 365 is your ability to leverage the global data stored in the Microsoft Cloud in real time. Amaxra blogged about this produ...

Why Office 365 Users need Microsoft 365

Cybersecurity is often considered an afterthought for many small and midsize businesses (SMBs), though I don't know why. Independent research from the Ponemon Institute says that it typically takes only four minutes for a hacker to get into a corporate network but over six months for the owners of that network to even detect an attack...

Avoid the upcoming Microsoft Office price increase

At the end of July 2018, Microsoft announced the price for all on-premises licenses for Microsoft Office suites, would increase by ten percent in October 2018. For enterprise server products such as Microsoft Exchange Server for email, Skype for Business Server, and Microsoft SharePoint, the remote desktop per client access license (CAL) used to a...

Your Company's Outlook Distribution Lists Need An Upgrade to Office 365 Groups

Anyone using Microsoft Outlook as their primary corporate email knows about Distribution Lists. They allow users to write or forward their emails to a group of users, whether it is a single department, members of the same office, or the whole company. Distribution Lists have been a key feature of Microsoft Exchange Server for years and have been e...

Easily manage compliance for your company's data in the cloud

A thought experiment for everyone reading this blog post: Take out your smartphone and unlock it. Now, give it to the next random person you see. That's how most businesses feel about moving their corporate IT and accompanying data into the cloud. The smartphone analogy explains why corporate IT leaders appear to be so paranoid about migrating IT serv...

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